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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Stephanie Gootee, ESL Teacher
Mike Abell, Program Director

English Learners (ELs) are those students in Kentucky schools whose primary language is other than English. English Learners enter Kentucky schools with a variety of language backgrounds, educational experiences and levels of English proficiency.
Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is part of legislation enacted to ensure that English Learners , including immigrant children and youth, develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other children are expected to meet. The information contained on this website is based on the federal and state regulations and
Office of Civil Rights program requirements for the education of English Learners and immigrant children and youth. The Kentucky Title III Program  provides support to districts as they work with their English Learners and Immigrant students to:

  • Choose an educational approach
  • Identify and assess the students
  • Provide a research-based program of services
  • Provide staffing and resources
  • Implement state criteria for transitioning students from services
  • Maintain accurate data and reporting in order to:
    • Monitor transitioned students
    • Periodically evaluate and revise their program
    • Receive funding allocations